Smithline PC - What We Do

OVERVIEW: For each of our areas of focus, we provide forms, checklists and other practical tools customized for each client’s specific needs.  We also provide a series of training programs targeted directly at the issues our clients face in their day-to-day negotiations.

TOOLS:

From forms, checklists and term sheets to deal intake and other process forms, we have an extensive library of resources available for clients.  Example tools include:

  • Deal Checklists and Term Sheets
  • NDA Review Checklist
  • Open Source License Matrix
  • Open Source Use Policies and Briefer Series
  • Contract Process Flow Charts

TRAINING:

In-House Intensives: Our “In-House Intensive” training sessions arm our clients with practical guidance for use in their day-to-day negotiations.  Each session starts with a real-world scenario, such as a request for a certain set of indemnities in a SaaS agreement.  From there we explore the underlying law, provide specific drafting and negotiation tips and close with a group discussion of alternative approaches and solutions.

  • Topics for the one-hour sessions include indemnity, warranty, limitation of liability and division of IP ownership.
  • The training is geared towards in-house legal, finance and deal teams, but all client staff are welcome.
  • Sessions are held in San Francisco or on-site at our client’s offices.

Client-Specific Programs: We also offer training programs to address specific client needs and requests.  Examples of client-specific programs we have provided include:

  • Using Material You Find on the Internet – Copyright Basics
  • Navigating Through Tricky Issues with Procurement
  • NDA Review for Non-Lawyers

“We can count on Smithline PC for insightful feedback, judgment and guidance for any deal. They have become trusted business partners for Adobe’s growing business.”

– Joe Ramirez, VP Licensing & AGC, Adobe Systems

“Pragmatic advisers on the leading edge of licensing, software and technology.”

– Keenan Conder, General Counsel, Tableau Software

“We have great trust and respect for their work. Their turnaround times and availability are awesome. Most importantly, they really understand our SaaS business.”

– Joe Whitty, VP Finance, Moovweb

“Our ace in the hole for the business' most critical transactions. ”

– Joe Berkowitz, Deputy GC and Global Head of Partnerships, Xero

What's New

Todd Smithline Speaking at Video Game Bar Association Summit 2017

Todd Smithline is speaking at the Video Game Bar Association’s Game Business and Legal Affairs Summit at UCLA on May 14th, 2017. More information here.... MORE +

Todd Smithline Speaking on “The Innovators: New Legal Services Models” at NALP 2017 Annual Education Conference

Todd Smithline will be speaking on the “The Innovators: New Legal Services Models” at the 2017 NALP Annual Education Conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, April 19th, 2017. More information here.... MORE +

Todd Smithline Speaking at “More than Just a Game” Queen Mary University of London Conference

Todd Smithline will be delivering a lecture entitled “Are the Rules of a Game now Copyrightable? The Impact Mobile Game Clone Cases are Having on US Copyright Law” at the More Than Just a Game: Interactive Entertainment and Intellectual Property Law Conference on April 7,  2017 at Stationers Hall, London. More information here.... MORE +